The Salem News
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The Masconomet baseball team picked up its sixth straight win yesterday, but had to work overtime to do so as the Chieftains Joe Klingensmith and Hamilton-Wenham’s Austin Michel staged a classic pitching duel.
Senior Spiros Varinos played younger brother Elias with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th and Masco (11-5) held on to win 1-0.
Klingensmith didn’t allow a hit until the seventh innings and went 9 1/3, allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Tommy Budrewicz came on for the final five outs and earned the win.
“No extra innings game is east. They’re character testers and this is certainly good for us,” said Masco coach T.J. Baril. “Joe’s pitch count was low, which allowed us to keep him in the game, and Austin pitched outstanding for Hamilton. We only had four hits off of him.”
The Generals had the winning run on third with no outs in the seventh but Klingensmith got out of the jam. Hamilton left eight runners on, six in scoring position, from the sixth inning on and Masco made the clutch plays. Michel threw nine innings and struck out seven and Drew Gallant pitched the last two innings and didn’t allow a hit.
“It was an awesome game,” H-W coach Reggie Maidment said. “Both teams played well and Austin and Joe both pitched unbelievable. They were battling.”
Elias Varinos walked in the 11th, was sacrificed to second by Greg Dougherty and then took third on a wild pitch. That put him in position for Spiros’ sac fly.
Nick Tufts doubled for the Generals and catcher Pete Duval threw out a pair of runners in clutch situations.
Rockport 5, Ipswich 2: Alex Amoroso doubled and pitched five innings as the Tigers took the loss on the road. Kyle Barber also pitched well in relief for Ipswich.
Amesbury 10, Manchester 5: The Hornets had a solid day at the dish with Craig Carter going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Kevin Carter going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Corey Burnham added a double and scored two runs and Sean Desmond hit a 2-run homer.
Danvers 3, Malden Catholic 2: Brian Daly and Jimmy McCarriston rallied to win No. 1 doubles 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to deliver the Falcons the match win. Top singles players Nick Lisichenok (6-2, 6-2) and Gabe Ochonski (6-1, 6-0) won in straight sets as Danvers climbed over the .500 mark at 8-7 overall.
Boston Latin 3, Marblehead 2: With three matches going to three sets, the Magicians (14-2) lost a tight non-league contest. Miles Barry won in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and top doubles team Jason Frost and Dimitri Vlassov also won in three, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
Ipswich 3, Newburyport 2: Ryan Davis was victorious as third singles, winning his set 6-3-, 6-1) as the Tigers improve to 5-7. Ipswich swept in doubles action with wins from Murali Prasad/Anton Eden (6-2, 6-1) and Forest Finn/Sam Benford (6-3, 6-2).
Danvers 6, Marblehead 1: Sophomore Caitlin McBride went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as Danvers (14-0) remained unbeaten and clinched another NEC South championship. Tori Costa also had a hit and pitcher Kendall Meehan struck out seven and allowed four hits and two walks to remain undefeated on the hill.
Shawsheen 11, North Shore Tech 2: Sophomore catcher Christine Casio led the team with two hits and two RBI as the Bulldogs move to 10-6. Katelyn Guerin and Krystal Dion each contributed with a hit each, while Kaera Wyse has 10 strikeouts in the loss.
Danvers 5, Lynn English 0: Jen Lueke and Kelley McCarthy won in three sets at No. 2 doubles, 3-6, 6-4, 7-1, as Danvers (9-5) completed the sweep. Ellen Gagnon and Raquel Leslie won at No. 1 doubles while Rachel Ziner (6-1, 6-1), Sam Vocatura (6-1, 6-1) and Deana Dalkouras (6-0, 6-2) took care of the singles action.
Andover 5, Masconomet 0: The Chieftains (9-7) fell in a non-league match, though Alexa Ina and Samantha Moynihan put up a strong fight at No. 2 doubles in an entertaining 6-4, 7-5 decision.
Beverly 5, revere 0: The Panthers (10-4) won all five matches in straight sets with an all senior lineup on Senior Day. Meggie Manzo (6-0, 6-1), Jill Morneau (6-1, 6-0) and Pheobe Blau (6-2, 6-0) won at singles and the doubles teams of Christine Green/Katie Lane (6-0, 6-1) and Alyssa Kastrinakis/Tess Greenberg (6-2, 6-1) also cruised. Beverly can earn the NEC Large crown with a win over Peabody on Monday.
Ipswich 5, Newburyport 0: The Tigers took all five points to improve to 6-6 and need one more win to qualify for the postseason. Ashley Sulkin (6-0, 6-0), Lexi Lopez (6-3, 6-0) and Hannah Lynch (6-1, 6-2) prevailed in singles play and the doubles teams of Abby McCarthy/Kristin Klimowicz (6-1, 6-2) and Lizzy Gray/Heather Sweeney (7-6, 7-5) also swept.
Manchester Essex 3, Marblehead 2: The Magicians (15-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the undefeated Hornets. Third singles player Meghan Gabel took her match 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, while Amanda Gilberg/Sarah Catz (6-1, 6-2) won at second doubles.
Salem 15, Gr. Lowell 6: The Witches (10-3) continued to play well with Alexa Gilbert scoring four goals with two assists to lead the scoring. Kristina LeBlanc added three goals with one assist, Philine Pepperkamp scored three goals with two helpers and Emily Coelho chipped in two goals. Danielle Pynn made six saves, Shayna Hall added two assists, Courtney Maurice scored twice and Xhulia Kanani added a goal and an assist for Salem.
Masconomet 14, Ipswich 12: Kathleen Gillespie recorded a game-high six goals to improve the Chieftains to 13-5 overall. Rachel Rogal added three and Meg Collins finished with a pair of goals. Lili Miller made 10 saves and was strong in goal down the stretch.
Peabody 17, Swampscott 6: Keifer Heckman netted game-high 10 goals and three assists, which set the school’s single game scoring record with 13 points. Heckman also broke the program’s single season scoring record notching 108 point this year. Nick Ouelette finished with three goals, while Josh Fiore and Eric Hennessey added a pair of markers.
Westford Academy 13, Masconomet 6: Tighe Van Lenten made 13 saves to help keep the Chieftains (11-7) in the game, but the Grey Ghosts had too much firepower. Cam Jung led Masco’s offense with three goals, Max Craig had a goal and two assists and Trevor Surrette and Sam Antczak each scored once.